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good afternoon i'm laurence kornfield chief building inspector and we're at our brown bag lunch to talk about building entrances. it's of interest to me and a lot of other people in the city and we have with us today two guests, who are architects, alice carey and a preservation architect, is
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that right? >> yes. >> and focus on preservation and harvey hacker, the utility architect from the fenway park backed by the green, what is it, the green giant? >> the utility outfielder. >> the utility outfielder to help us look at building entrances and with harvey's help we have a whole lot of slides and we'll project images to use as the basis for discussing building entrance issues. i want to encourage all of you, it's very inform, i hope. i want to encoug all of you to participate and if you know the building or know anything about the building, chip right in. we'll give you a mic and tell us about it. building entrances are so very important and seems that in modern buildings in many cases they become
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regulated to simply functional uses rather than important parts of the overall concept of the building and the urban design. but we'll see old buildings and new buildings and we'll start with the building entrance that really becomes like the key element of the whole experience of the building. like this picture of lee poe in chinatown. is this a bar. >> so me it's similar to a theater entrance where there is a big box with no other ornament and the entrance is the entire focus. the show begins in the streets and in order to get people in, you have to present them with something exciting so they would be attracted to it and this is a perfect example to that. >> i like the fact it's so mysterious inside and dark and very come in here and it's almost opening its
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giant mouth. >> and in a sense it's the opposite of what you would do in most restaurant entrances, where the way to encourage people to come in is to show what is going on inside, or even to let what is going on inside, the activities spill out on to the sidewalk as you see in north beach. and here, in fact, it is a mystery inside on purpose and exactly what you are looking for in some bars. >> lee poe, how much more mysterious could you get? and also on grant avenue. san francisco >> say similar example. >> the buddha bar, buddha lounge, once again dark inside. here is the exotic orient brought to you in san francisco. it's very--i don't see anybody going in
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though. >> these are all wholesome people. >> osama bin oh, here we have a bunch of fairytale buildings in san francisco and it looks sort of medieval with the arched door and you get the feeling that once you are in there you can shut the door and barricade yourself in and pour boiling stuff. >> we have had entrances that project and this sits itself back. >> it sets itself back and projects simultaneously because it's a strong geometric form. it's on columbus avenue and you notice across the street and down the street and you are really drown to the entrance and it draws you in. you want to go into the building. >> they have a side
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transitional space from the sidewalk to the entrance, do you think? >> this is actually a building that has always had a major commercial ground floor use. there used to be an italian supermarket that covered the ground floor. since the '80's has been a branch bank and now candy store takes over part of the space, so that this is just a door to upstairs office space and it's shoved way over to one side of the building, but it's so self-contained as a symmetrical development within itself, that it's never inappropriately dominated by the other commercial parts of the building. a picture of a whole building which showed the other tenants stretching out would still retain this
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feeling of focus and invitation. >> individuality of this piece or sometimes the entrance is the whole thing. the building entrance, exits service. >> this is a type that we saw many examples of on the streets, of what you could shorthand as a mall entrance, where there is no front to the building. just the shop opens to the street; which is the most direct advertisement of what they are selling and in case you don't get it, the row of signs fills you in. >> well, to me, this is not an entrance. the presence of the absence of an entrance because to me an entrance is a focal point you come towards and into. this is just somewhat of a
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boundary, but it's in a way the removal of a boundary. these people want you to be on the streets and suddenly you are in their store without realizing you made the transition from nature. >> i don't think they get the fact that these two big guys standing right there with their hands on their hips, looking like bouncers is inviting you to come into their store. if anything, you look at this and say i look further for my camera. >> they don't look like happy to see you harvey. >> who are you and why are you taking this picture? >> what happened after this picture was taken? >> i'm the guy they don't want to see, because i already have a camera. >> updates? >> the one thing before you go on, i really don't like this for a number of reasons. first of all, when you are in a mall and the mall close down at night and
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goes away, but when you are on grant avenue and everyone closes the garage doors, overhead doors, so when these stores aren't open, the street is very gloomy and dark. >> right. >> and uninviting and somewhat foreboding. secondly , a lot of chinatown is very history historic and a lot of storefronts ripped out so these non-entrances could exist. >> a lot of people are ripping out storefronts to say they have to go with ada when, in fact, buildings that qualify as history buildings, especially many chinatown, most older buildings have lots of alternatives offered where you can have door leases, 29.5" wide and still comply with the disability access
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requirements. so we need to pass the word. well, look, i'm in preservation architect and we are in the building department want to encourage president preservation of historic store fronts especially chinatown. these are aluminum sliders, but once again they are putting their stuff right in your face. >> i love that sign up there. an old sheet metal sign with neon on it. preservation of signs. >> and paint. >> and look it has little notes on it, little musical notes. >> that was the old electronic's store. >> i often wish people would preserve them and light them up, it's sort of like the hill's brothers coffee sign on the waterfront that is preserved and part of the history, even though it has nothing to do with hill's
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brother coffee anymore. this is on san bruno avenue, the best roast pork in the area. they have a gate and they close it at night, the street becomes a deslate boulevard. more food down in north beach. monalisa, how would you ever know? another big guy standing and blocking the door way usually they have cute somethings there, enticing you in, but the big guys-- >> it just depends on what you are looking for. >> on 6th avenue at judda street and if you drive by, she is not looking, but she will hit you with that water. dumping out of old flower water. >> classic, classic corner entry from two posts. >> this storefront is a little unusual to the degree it has not been changed from
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the original window frames, the transom windows. >> the posts not being encased. sometimes there is a post and sometimes there isn't, dependinging on how inventive the structure designer was. >> yeah, i have seen people just take the post out if it's in the way. >> yeah, just pull it out. >> these transom windows are beautiful and it's a san francisco architectal tradition to have these. >> what almost all hall of fame these places had when built was a retractable awning between the two tiers of windows. so that the awning would come out and shade the display glass, cutting back reflection, so that people on the streets could see what was inside. the transom windows being
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unshaded to get maximum sunlight into the space. it's a wonderful system. >> and then some are metal and in chinatown they used to be all sheet metal awnings. a lot of is sheet metal painted. >> this is a recent example of a recent decorative entrance, but there are many more that we looked at that are earthquake-era or multi-color art deco area. terazo, which frequently remains long after the bar or movie theater or whatever was the original use goes away. >> and this one is terazo. >> so that terazo went in, obviously at a later date
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than the storefront, which is pretty much original. but they both co-exist now. >> i wonder if it went out. it look like half had a pattern to me that may have one time have gone to the sidewalk. >> it could have radiated out to the sidewalk. >> that is the other thing. >> so some building entrances are buildings themselves are big pieces of the building. you were telling us about this. >> this is one of my favorites yerba buena, designed by paul schech. the building is broken down into had a handful of smaller buildings, one is the auditorium, one is the stage tower and one is the stair. a

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